Fireworks and Bonfire Night

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Fireworks Its that time of year again where Bonfire night is fast approaching . With the many days before and after when random fireworks may be going off in your area, it is now time to start thinking about what you need to help your pet remain as calm and relaxed as possible.

Planning in advance is the best way forward, so start a desensitisation programme using a CD such as one called “Sounds Scary” which comes with full instructions and tips to help your dog settle.Adaptil

An Adaptil diffuser can be very helpful on the lead up to a known event. It releases a pheremone which soothes your dog and is used to aid many aspects of behavioural training. It can either be used as a diffuser in the room where your pet spends most of his/her time or as a collar. Another product available is Zylkene. This is a naturally occurring protein which has been isolated and shown to act on various  neuroreceptors which aids your pet in managing its stress. There are no known side effects. Zylkene must be given a minimum of 2 days prior to the expected stress event.

Sileo Gel

Sileo is a new product for use in dogs who suffer from noise anxiety. It works by calming your dog, without sedating, allowing them to interact with you normally.  It is easy to administer.  Common triggers for noise anxiety are typically sudden or sustained loud noises.  Including fireworks, construction work, thunderstorms etc.sileo-behaviors

For those animals severely affected, we may also prescribe medication to reduce the level of anxiety that your pet is feeling. We do not recommend using sedatives as they do not reduce anxiety and only serve to limit your dogs ability to express his fear.

Other general tips include closing the curtains and playing some background music to help mask the sound of the fireworks. Making a den for the dog to feel safe eg under the table can also help. The hardest part is to try and not make a fuss if your dog is fretting as this will only reinforce their behaviour. It is best to reward them with attention once he is starting to relax again.

If you have any queries on any of the above then please contact the practice for more advice.

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